Posted 09 February 2012 - 07:36 AM
I rarely rebuild my Windows computers - only when they start failing due to some software malfunction. When a H/W malfunction occurs, I either get it fixed or buy a new system if it is cheaper than fixing it. I do not need all the "new toys" that come down the road. I find stuff that I used back in the MS/DOS days still usable and gets the job done. When I moved on to Win 95, I incorporated a few more items that I still use today, again, they get the job done. When my H/W crapped out totally (Power SUpply took out mother board, video card and some other stuff (but not the HDD)) it was cheaper to buy an XP system than replace - also able to get a MB that supported my old H/W - e.g., old joystick, combo drive (5 1/4 and 3 1/2), etc. Unfortunate, my XP system crapped out and I bought a cheaper Acer that came with the atrocious Windows 7 (a piece of crap IMO). I will probably scavenge the repair shops for some old MB to get my old XP system running again.
I also use Ubuntu and Mint. Those I end up re-installing every release. However, I am now staying with 10.04 as the new releases are crap. I prefer Gnome 2. They suggestions to use Gnome Classic, LXCE, Mint and other desktops all have their drawbacks. While some come close to Gnome 2, they aren't Gnome 2. I make use of both top and bottom panels and the ability to move stuff around on the panels. While you can drag stuff to the panel, all the new distros that I have tried prevent you from organizing the panel plus some other limitations. If I wanted an Apple or Win. 7 I would have bought that system (unfortunately, my new system came with Win. 7). I have VirtualBox installed on the Win. 7 system and have Ubuntu installed and played with other distros. I use 10.04 to get stuff done (along with DropBox - can't get Linux distros to pick up the external HDs and the USB sticks even though VirtualBox recognizes them - will try VMWare Player at some point).